Thousands of tonnes of wood chippings on fire in Whittlesey.

Fire fighters at the scene

Fire fighters at the scene

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Thousands of tonnes of wood chippings are smouldering after fire at a unit on Lattersey Hill Trading Estate, in Benwick Road, Whittlesey.

Fire engines have been present on the site since about 9.30am on Saturday (April 25) and as of this morning (Monday), three fire crews were on the site.

Group Commander Alan Brown said: “A delicate firefighting operation has been taking place and we are closely monitoring the situation. About half of the wood chippings, which were not burnt, have now been removed from inside the unit and placed on open ground. These are steaming but not smoking.

“The roof of the unit has been vented and some smoke has been issuing, which is not harmful at current levels. We do anticipate as more of the material becomes involved in the fire that more smoke may issue and the advice to any residents who are affected by the smoke is to keep your windows and doors closed.”

Agencies were aware of about 3,500 tonnes of material on the site and background planning had been completed by the local resilience forum, as is standard procedure with sites of this nature. Therefore, when smoke started issuing from the warehouse containing the material, agencies instigated the plan.

Some local roads may be affected by the smoke and if the operational firefighting efforts increase, some nearby roads could be affected to enable crews to gain access to nearby water supplies.

The advice to any residents who are affected by the smoke is to keep your windows and doors closed.

Alan Brown

It is not known how long fire crews will be on site for, as it is anticipated the material could burn for a number of days